Arcola Theatre, Alexis Gregory and Team Angelica present

Riot Act

Created and performed by Alexis Gregory

Directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair

‘You know what’s strange…I felt safer on the night of the riots, on the sidewalk in front of Stonewall, than I did in my own home town.’

Riot Act is a hard-hitting, hilarious and heart-warming exploration of the history of the LGBTQ rights movement.

Created from playwright and performer Alexis Gregory’s interviews with Michael-Anthony Nozzi, one of the only remaining Stonewall survivors; Lavinia Co-op, a 1970s London radical-drag artist; and Paul Burston, a prominent 1990s AIDS activist, this solo verbatim piece is a breathtaking journey through six decades of queer history.

Arriving at Arcola after a sold-out West End performance, and ahead of a UK Tour, Riot Act honours the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots – with the 30th June performance marking the actual anniversary weekend.

It’s going to be a riot!


“Verbatim theatre at its best...Gregory; a powerful presence, shows fierce awareness of his theatrical and political context”The Stage

“As if possessed by the three men, Gregory gives a career defining performance ... This stand-out piece of theatre will become part of LGBT cultural heritage”Attitude

“It has everything good art should have; it’s emotional, it’s honest, and it’s unignorably passionate”QX Magazine

“Cohesive direction by Beadle-Blair reinforces the poignancy, passion and power of Gregory’s tour de force performance ... Riveting”Boyz

“One of the most moving pieces of new queer writing currently being performed in London... Gregory gives a startlingly punchy, grounded and virtuosic performance”The Spy In The Stalls

“Unforgettable. Gregory has done something magical with RIOT ACT”A Younger Theatre

“Funny as well as moving, honest and truthful ... theatre at its simplest and at its best”British Theatre Guide

“Theatre rarely gets as impactful as this....one to see and one to remember”londontheatre.com

“An eye opening punch to the gut”Broadway World

“Powerful and deeply moving”Theatre Weekly

“Alexis Gregory has woven various themes together beautifully in his compelling performance in RIOT ACT ... A masterclass ... Absolutely riveting”Queer Guru

“A stunning and deeply emotional performance ... A deeply profound production, deftly directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair”remotegoat.com

“Powerful, heart-wrenching, thought-provoking, insightful, warm and funny too”The Upcoming

“A heartfelt and respectful tribute to intergenerational gay activists ... Arresting and intelligent verbatim theatre ... Absolutely not to be missed”arthursseat.com